Nursing Legacies of 21st Century

The International Pledge for Nurses


In the full knowledge of the obligations I am undertaking, I promise to care for the sick with all of the skill and understanding I possess, without regard to race, creed, color, politics or social status.


I will respect at all times, the dignity, and religious beliefs of the patients under my care, holding in confidence all personal information entrusted to me and refraining from any action that might endanger life or health.


I will endeavor to keep my professional knowledge and skill at the highest level and to give loyal support and cooperation to all members of the health team.


I will do my utmost to honor the International Code of Ethics applied to nursing and to uphold                                              the integrity of the nurse.


(Adopted by the International Council of nurses)

Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing

Hunter College, CUNY


8th Annual Viola S. Shifrin RN Palliative Care Lecture

A Service to the Nursing and Health Professional Community


Viola Sowka Shifrin, RN was a graduate of the Bellevue Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1925. She was a lifetime member of the Bellevue Alumni Association and died September 14, 1996. A very generous donation from her estate to the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing has made possible both the creation of a new advanced practice nursing laboratory in 2003 and this annual speaker series.